IM has grown and evolved over more than two centuries of ministry. It is the oldest international Baptist mission agency in North America. Its central mission is to work cross-culturally to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through both word and deed, God’s reign of justice, peace and abundant life for all creation.
In 1782, George Lisle was the first freed African American Baptist missionary to travel from North America to serve in cross cultural settings in Jamaica. In 1812, Adoniram & Ann Judson left the shores of Massachusetts to serve in India.
The American Baptist Foreign Mission Society seal depicting an ox, a plow and altar which symbolizes the global servant's unconditional response to God's call.